Constrains which certificates are trusted. Pinning certificates defends against attacks on certificate authorities. It also prevents connections through man-in-the-middle certificate authorities either known or unknown to the application’s user. This class currently pins a certificate’s Subject Public Key Info as described on Adam Langley’s Weblog. Pins are either base64 SHA-256 hashes as in HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) or SHA-1 base64 hashes as in Chromium’s static certificates.
Setting up Certificate Pinning¶
The easiest way to pin a host is turn on pinning with a broken configuration and read the expected configuration when the connection fails. Be sure to do this on a trusted network, and without man-in-the-middle tools like Charles or Fiddler.
For example, to pin
https://publicobject.com, start with a broken configuration:
String hostname = "publicobject.com"; CertificatePinner certificatePinner = new CertificatePinner.Builder() .add(hostname, "sha256/AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA=") .build(); OkHttpClient client = OkHttpClient.Builder() .certificatePinner(certificatePinner) .build(); Request request = new Request.Builder() .url("https://" + hostname) .build(); client.newCall(request).execute();
As expected, this fails with a certificate pinning exception:
javax.net.ssl.SSLPeerUnverifiedException: Certificate pinning failure! Peer certificate chain: sha256/afwiKY3RxoMmLkuRW1l7QsPZTJPwDS2pdDROQjXw8ig=: CN=publicobject.com, OU=PositiveSSL sha256/klO23nT2ehFDXCfx3eHTDRESMz3asj1muO+4aIdjiuY=: CN=COMODO RSA Secure Server CA sha256/grX4Ta9HpZx6tSHkmCrvpApTQGo67CYDnvprLg5yRME=: CN=COMODO RSA Certification Authority sha256/lCppFqbkrlJ3EcVFAkeip0+44VaoJUymbnOaEUk7tEU=: CN=AddTrust External CA Root Pinned certificates for publicobject.com: sha256/AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA= at okhttp3.CertificatePinner.check(CertificatePinner.java) at okhttp3.Connection.upgradeToTls(Connection.java) at okhttp3.Connection.connect(Connection.java) at okhttp3.Connection.connectAndSetOwner(Connection.java)
Follow up by pasting the public key hashes from the exception into the certificate pinner’s configuration:
CertificatePinner certificatePinner = new CertificatePinner.Builder() .add("publicobject.com", "sha256/afwiKY3RxoMmLkuRW1l7QsPZTJPwDS2pdDROQjXw8ig=") .add("publicobject.com", "sha256/klO23nT2ehFDXCfx3eHTDRESMz3asj1muO+4aIdjiuY=") .add("publicobject.com", "sha256/grX4Ta9HpZx6tSHkmCrvpApTQGo67CYDnvprLg5yRME=") .add("publicobject.com", "sha256/lCppFqbkrlJ3EcVFAkeip0+44VaoJUymbnOaEUk7tEU=") .build();
Pinning is per-hostname and/or per-wildcard pattern. To pin both
www.publicobject.com you must configure both hostnames. Or you may use patterns to match
sets of related domain names. The following forms are permitted:
Full domain name: you may pin an exact domain name like
www.publicobject.com. It won’t match additional prefixes (
us-west.www.publicobject.com) or suffixes (
Any number of subdomains: Use two asterisks to like
**.publicobject.comto match any number of prefixes (
www.publicobject.com) including no prefix at all (
publicobject.com). For most applications this is the best way to configure certificate pinning.
Exactly one subdomain: Use a single asterisk like
*.publicobject.comto match exactly one prefix (
api.publicobject.com). Be careful with this approach as no pinning will be enforced if additional prefixes are present, or if no prefixes are present.
Note that any other form is unsupported. You may not use asterisks in any position other than the leftmost label.
If multiple patterns match a hostname, any match is sufficient. For example, suppose pin A
*.publicobject.com and pin B applies to
api.publicobject.com. Handshakes for
api.publicobject.com are valid if either A’s or B’s certificate is in the chain.
Warning: Certificate Pinning is Dangerous!¶
Pinning certificates limits your server team’s abilities to update their TLS certificates. By pinning certificates, you take on additional operational complexity and limit your ability to migrate between certificate authorities. Do not use certificate pinning without the blessing of your server’s TLS administrator!
Note about self-signed certificates¶
|Builder||Builds a configured certificate pinner.
|Pin||A hostname pattern and certificate hash for Certificate Pinning.
|check||Confirms that at least one of the certificates pinned for
|findMatchingPins||Returns list of matching certificates’ pins for the hostname. Returns an empty list if the hostname does not have pinned certificates.
Companion Object Properties¶
Companion Object Functions¶
|pin||Returns the SHA-256 of